Bike Thefts: Prevention is Key

Marty Pender/Campus Safety

We constantly and vigilantly patrol and check the bikes racks, we compose and distribute Eagle Alerts, we conduct special details but we still find unlocked and unsecured bikes all around campus.  This particular bike is a brand new beautiful one left for several days, unlocked and unattended at the COB bike rack.  Today we found two bikes there.  The owner of one was identified, introduced to Lease-A-Lock and educated on properly securing the bike through the program.

Any student can obtain a lock through this program (deposit required and returned upon completion of use). This particular bike will be stored at my office with the hope of the owner showing up and being educated on proper safeguarding.   Then the bike will be returned.  Remember, security begins at home.  Be vigilant for the security and well-being of all on campus.

The following is a summary of the of the crime statistics report from the Daytona Beach Police Department for the period of November 6, 2016 – November 26, 2016 for District One, which is the area where ERAU is located.  Lt. Jaime Gonzalez attends the Comp-Stat meeting every two weeks and would like to share this important information with all of you.

There were a total of 17 auto thefts, 5 of which involved cars with their keys left inside of them. There were 26 car break-ins, 11 of which were left unsecured.  Are you surprised these crimes occurred?  There were 14 residential and five non-residential burglaries, 10 stolen bicycles, 1 robbery, 10 aggravated assaults, 3 sexual assaults, 1 shooting, and 2 other firearms offenses.

Remember – It’s In Your Interest!